Fidget Spinners Top The List of Most Dangerous Toys
These days, fidget spinners seem to be everywhere! Adults and kids alike can’t seem to keep their hands off the purported stress-relieving gadget. The toys are also promoted as a tool to help people suffering such conditions as autism of ADHD.
However, according to recent news reports, fidget spinners present a special danger when disassembled. If a small kid were to loosen the metal part of the fidget spinner, which is about the size of a quarter, he or she could easily choke. While many may think this an unlikely scenario, it has already happened.
A 10 year-old Texas girl recently got the piece caught in her esophagus and had to undergo surgery to remove it.
A 5 year-old Oregon boy popped off a piece of the spinner and swallowed it. The piece he swallowed had to be surgically removed.
In yet another case, a 3 year-old Missouri boy was injured after a piece of the spinner latched onto his middle finger. He was rushed to the ER where doctors had to use various tools to cut the metal piece off.
As a result of these and other reports of children getting injured by fidget spinners, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has announced that they are launching an investigation into the safety of these toys. The agency is advising parents to keep these devices away from young children to whom they could pose a choking hazard.
Safety experts who have taken a closer look at the dangers posed by the toys cite that many fidget spinners in the market are not properly labeled with minimum age recommendations or choking hazard warnings for children. The choking hazards for these gadgets have been found in the branded and knock-off versions of the toy.
Fidget Spinner Safety Tips
Here are a few tips to keep your children safe as they play with these or other toys:
- Check for any small parts that can come loose or break.
- Do the toilet paper roll test: If the toy or toy parts can fit through a toilet paper roll, they pose a choking hazard for young children.
- Get rid of broken toys as they could pose choking hazards and lead to cuts or other injuries.
- Check the recommended age rating on all toys to ensure that they are appropriate for your children.
- Be sure you supervise your children as they play new toys.
- Register your product to be sure that you will be contacted if the product has been recalled.
- If you have any problems with a toy or product, contact CPSC and notify them about it to prevent future injuries.
If you or a loved one has been injured due to a dangerous or defective product, contact an experienced Duque Law Product Defect Attorney to obtain more information about pursuing your legal rights.